A Great Reverse JA in a Day

This week's Junior Achievement USA "Magic Moment" is from Alexia Willis, Senior Education Manager at JA of Fort Worth.

"January 20, 2016 was a chilly winter day in Fort Worth, TX for the Apex Reverse JA in a Day, but inside the Apex Capital Corp conference room the atmosphere was warm and cozy. Nine high school seniors sat at their tables, eager to learn from Apex employees and participate in JA Career Success activities.

Three facilitators welcomed the students and encouraged them to help themselves to snacks and drinks in the break room. For the next several hours the students learned about the 4 Cs, soft skills, how to interview, and how to prepare for a job search. During each lesson they had the opportunity to meet new Apex employees. Each team of volunteers as well as the facilitators did a phenomenal job connecting the JA Career Success lessons and concepts to the Apex culture and its commitment to excellence.

Before lunch, the students toured Apex facilities and met other employees. At lunch, the high schoolers munched on yummy local pizza and interacted with a panel of Apex hiring managers from different departments. They were able to ask them questions about the hiring process, how to search for a job, and more. The responses were candid and eye opening.

As a result, this was one of the BEST Reverse JA in a Days I have witnessed. This one was small, but impactful and very special. I appreciated the purposefulness with which the volunteers approached the day. They were so hospitable and made sure the students were comfortable and engaged throughout the day. The students had a blast and took so much away from it."

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